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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

London photos: Beverly Brook


A little treat for fellow fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s urban fantasy series Rivers of London [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] — we know why Beverly Brook is so important.


If you don’t read Rivers of London, you should: it’s addictive and highly entertaining. And it’s going to be adapted for TV soon (cannot wait!), so you’ll be ahead of the game.

In Barnes, southwest London.

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  • I’m so made up that you’re a fan! Although I’m never sure whether I’m more into Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London or Cornell’s London Falling.

  • I would hate to have to choose as well: I love both.

  • bronxbee

    why choose? they satisfy completely different sections of my soul.

  • Ralph

    There’s a cover quote on the first London Falling which I think captures the two neatly – Cornell’s is urban fantasy meets The Sweeney, to Aaronovitch’s urban fantasy meets The Bill. Both nourishing in their own way.

    (Cornell made that pretty easy for them by explicitly calling out the famous “We haven’t had any dinner” line, of course…)

    Great picture – did you make an explicit pilgrimage, or just happen upon it?

  • Arthur

    I must confess: Beverly doesn’t look anything like I expected from the books…

  • It’s near where a friend of mine lives, and so I’ve stumbled across it many times (the first time was a surprise). Finally snapped a photo!

  • LaSargenta

    Ummm, how much of a big deal is it if I read these out of order? I’m not someone who normally cares about “spoilers”; this is more a question of ‘will I be lost (like Fellowship of the Ring to Two Towers)? or do the stories stand on their own (like the novels in Dance to the Music of Time)?

  • RogerBW

    I would definitely recommend reading the first of each series first, because they’re the ones that throw the protagonist/s in to learn the rules of the world. I think it would help to carry on in order with Aaronovitch’s books, but it shouldn’t be entirely confusing if you didn’t.
    I have some reviews up at blog.firedrake.org in case that helps.

  • bronxbee

    i would highly recommend reading them in order… a lot of the story line builds on the past story lines and the humor is also kind of dependent on knowing what’s going on in the story lines of the previous books. they are wonderful. i hope you read them soon.

  • LaSargenta

    Thanks. Got the first on reserve now.

  • LaSargenta

    Thanks. Got the first on reserve now.

  • LaSargenta

    It wasn’t until last week that my copy of Midnight Riot became available at the NYPL. (Apologies to Mr. Aaronovitch for not being able to afford purchasing his books.) I can say I really enjoyed it and I devoured it this past Saturday afternoon while I was being a hot water bottle for a cat with a respiratory infection.

    The other ones are on reserve now, except for Moon Over Soho which, for some reason, is only an e-book at the library. I don’t have an e-book reader and I like handling the physical book, so I’m going to get my hands on it some other way.

  • bronxbee

    try getting a used copy, although, if you’re really desperate, i can lend you mine when you see maryann.

  • LaSargenta

    I’ve already planned to keep an eye out at my local used store (yes, I still have one in my nabe). But, we (the FF trio that I’m part of) are hoping you’ll be part of that gathering, too; your wording reads like you’d be passing it on w/o being there…

    Many thanks for the offer.

  • bronxbee

    i’m not quite sure whether or not i’ll be able to attend; i’m in the middle of trying to find a new place to live. and packing. etc.

  • Danielm80

    We’re really hoping you can make it.
    I just requested the translation of Sappho that was mentioned on the other thread. It hasn’t come in yet at the library, but I did get a copy of The Art of Zootopia, a book which is astounding for slightly different reasons. (Not that you asked.)

  • LaSargenta

    I know how exhausting that can be. We (or, at least, I) won’t hold it against you if you don’t come; but, it’d be fun to have you there, too.


  • bronxbee

    well, thanks both of you. i might need some drinking time during this process.

  • LaSargenta

    I’m sure we can come up with the Moving On Out cocktail.

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